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evaluation team

Community Suicide Prevention

Helping us understand our journey and the impact

Evaluation is an important part of Roots of Hope. As much as we just want to roll up our sleeves and do the work, we want to stop and reflect to make sure what we are doing is having an impact. We also want to understand why and how our work is making a difference. Our efforts need to be thoughtful and mindful of the people we are working with and their time and capacity to support evaluation. We are looking for people to help support this work  – both those with evaluation experience and those who would like to learn. 

Developmental Evaluation

“Complex environments for social interventions and innovations are those in which what to do to solve problems is uncertain and key stakeholders are in conflict about how to proceed. Informed by systems thinking and sensitive to complex nonlinear dynamics, developmental evaluation supports social innovation and adaptive management. Evaluation processes include asking evaluative questions, applying evaluation logic, and gathering real-time data to inform ongoing decision making and adaptations.”
― Michael Quinn Patton, Developmental Evaluation

Developmental Evaluation Mentor

It is without a doubt that the Roots of Hope initiative is deeply embedded within the realm of complexity and is rich with opportunities for innovation to influence the vital issue of suicide prevention. We will use a developmental evaluation to inform our approaches, principles, paradigm and methods to understand Roots of Hope impact on our communities.
Cari Patterson
Developmental Evaluator

Formative/Summative Evaluation

Formative evaluation considers if a new program or program activity is feasible, appropriate, and acceptable while it is being developed and help us understand what needs to be changed or modified. Summative evaluation looks at the impact of an intervention on a target population to find out what the project achieved and determine if continuing to support the project makes sense.


Clare Levin2

Formative/Summative Mentor

Inclusive and participatory approaches are critical to effective evaluation. These approaches work to build collaboration and trust and help to involve all those who have a stake in the outcome in the process of taking action and effecting change.

Are you interested in developing your research/evaluation skills?

Community suicide prevention is not well researched or evaluated resulting in less understanding of what is impactful and effective. We support people working in the community to develop their research and evaluation skills through mentoring and workshops.